Two miners injured at JWR mine

A ROCK fall accident at the Jim Walter Resources No. 4 mine in Alabama has left two miners injured with one still hospitalized.
Two miners injured at JWR mine Two miners injured at JWR mine Two miners injured at JWR mine Two miners injured at JWR mine Two miners injured at JWR mine

Jim Walter Resources Mine No. 4.

Donna Schmidt

Parent company Walter Energy spokesperson Michael Monahan told ILN that the workers, whose identities have not been disclosed, were injured from a rock that fell from inside a borehole being drilled next to a new ventilation shaft at the operation in Brookwood.

Both were transported to a local medical facility and one was kept for observation and released Tuesday morning. The second underwent surgery for a broken leg and is expected to be released by Friday.

“Walter Energy is leading a full investigation into the cause of the incident,” Monahan said.

Local news station WBRC said the mine had not closed as a result of the accident; Walter did not confirm the mine’s production status.

A request for comment and details from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration was not returned Wednesday afternoon.

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